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No suspension for Pietrus

Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:16 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus won't be fined or suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league office reviewed his hard foul against Pau Gasol at the end of overtime in Game 4 and decided not to take further action, has learned.

This was the convenient way to handle this; the last thing anybody wanted was a controversy heading into a closeout game in the Finals. But it was not the right way to handle it. After so many upgrades and downgrades of flagrants this postseason, it was incumbent upon the NBA to get this one right. I don't think they did, but I am willing to give them a chance to explain.

At the competition committee meeting in Chicago last month, team executives told league officials that they need explicit guidelines for what constitutes a flagrant-one and flagrant-two. The rule book defines a flagrant-two as "unnecessary and excessive contact," but Stu Jackson and his comrades have a compendium of factors and circumstances that they consider when reviewing flagrant calls to determine if the punishment was assessed correctly.

The league has agreed to provide these guidelines to players, coaches, media, and fans before next season. Obviously, we could've used them sooner, because it has become virtually impossible to look at a flagrant foul and determine what the league will make of it.

It's supposed to be like obscenity. You're supposed to be able to know it when you see it. To me, Pietrus' foul on Gasol fit that description better than any other flagrant foul I've seen this postseason.

Category: NBA

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:45 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Nelsons face was i the way of Kobe's elbow. kobe was in his normal range of motion turned and Nelson happened to be there. If you listening to the Van Gundy bullshit then u must not know basketball because he is calling these games so one sided that he should not even be aloud to comment on the games.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:41 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Wow, I thought Boston fans were bitches.  At least Boston fans understand the game of basketball.  Those of you retarded Magic fans out there that think Gasol shouldn't have dunked it might want to stick with checkers.  Let me try and put it in a way even you idiots might understand.  Why should Gasol stop playing the game when the Magic players haven't stopped playing the game.  If your arguement is that the game was over and he shouldn't have dunked why weren't the Magic players just standing around waiting for the clock to wind down?  If the game was over why was Pietrus running towards Gasol?  Normally when a team is up by 20 and has final posession everyone on the court just stands around and looks at each other, that certainly wasn't happening here.  Are you sure you idiots weren't watching a WNBA game or Lacrosse?  The game I was watching wasn't over until your french fag cheap shotted Gasol as he put the knife in.  You douchebags have the nerve to call Gasol a punk after Pietrus attacked him, and better yet he couldn't even attack him like a man.  He attacked him from behind.  This is the kind of guy that brings chloroform on a blind date.  Look, I really don't care that you Magic fans are stupid, just quit trying to sell your bullshit explanations on here to people that actually understand the game.  One more thing, try to undertand that the better team is about to win this series and you might be able to cope with that stupidity thing a little better.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:34 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

It wasnt intentional, but by the NBA rulebook, and all of basketball for that matter, it was a FOUL.  Referee's just flat out missed it, though I dont see how.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:22 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Gasol should not have dunked the ball with 3 seconds to go, but does anyone remember who passed the ball to Gasol at the basket? 
     Pietrus should be fined.   Pietrus could have fouled him harder.    Pietrus could have done some serious harm if he had the intention.     Gasol should have held the ball or a teamate should have told him to hold the ball.  Oh yeah I am a Lakers fan, but I don't take sides.   Gasol was wrong....   maybe instinct told him to go to the basket, but he should not have.   If I was Pietrus I can't say I would not have done the same thing.  

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:15 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

 don' know why all the morons keep thinkin Kobe's elbow. the guy ran to the elbow

bunch of idiots

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:56 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Man you said what every media outlet out there has refused to say!
Not only did he make contact with Nelson's face, but it's not even the first time he's hit someone with an elbow to the face (see Artest).
The most disgusting thing was listening to the announcers all jumping on the Kobe wagon proclaiming what a great job he did on Nelson.
Last I checked, an elbow to another player's face (anything above the shoulders) is a flagrant foul. Had they called a flagrant a flagrant in the Rockets series, not only would Kobe have been called for fouls, but he would've been suspended for two blows above the shoulders in the playoffs.

These playoffs have been absolutely disgusting. If you want evidence simply watch every series the lakers have played in this year. The NBA should give refunds to all fans of teams opposing the lakers.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:55 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

There is quite a difference between running into someones elbow and punching someone in the back with both fists.  If you watch the tape of Kobe hitting him in the jaw he wasn't even looking at Nelson and Nelson was running full speed right into it.  Pietrus was 100% intentional and dirty.  If you don't see the difference you are an idiot.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:53 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

let me guess the nba isnt even reviewing kobes elbow to nelsons face??  should be automatic 1 game suspension
You're an idiot.  Nelson didn't give Kobe room to move which is required in the NBA.  Kobe was making a very natural basketball move and Nelson's face got in the way because he jumped into Kobe's jock as he was moving.  You must just be a bitter Magic fan who is sad that his team is losing or a blind Kobe hater.  You should go out and get a clue before you come on these boards posting idiocy like that!

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:51 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

look at the replay again. Nelson practacally ran in to the elbow. Kobe could have done a better job moving out of the way but nelson ran on top of Kobe....his feet were right on Kobe's. Any movement by Kobe and they would have made contact. Just unfortunate that it was an Elbow.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 5:48 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

That is the worst ruling I have ever seen. If you look at the replay, his face was scoweled and fist clinched and cocked back. As he approached Gasol, he swung them forward in a deliberate attempt to cause harm. If a player from either team swings at another player in the next game it should be a no call, no fine. This was such a bad call by the NBA basically saying it is ok to Intentionally swing and hit another player. This is why the NBA has it's Thug league image...Stern is not Stern.....

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